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13 of spring’s hottest museum exhibitions

Posted at 10:15 am, March 8, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

We’ve compiled a list of museums, but not just any museums, the 13 most exciting exhibitions to launch this spring. Get yourself out there and check out the best London’s museums have to offer.

Vikings: Life and Legend

Today’s Scandinavians may have made an impression with solid family cars and androgynous fashion, but their Viking predecessors left their mark with warships and weaponry. The British Museum’s show stars a bit of both, including a life-size replica of the Roskilde 6 warship. Do note:pillaging will be frowned on. British Museum, Mar 6 - Jun 22

Designs of the Year

A foldaway helmet, a watch that lets you ‘feel’ the time and a fully recyclable car (pictured). No, not our weird and early Christmas list, but a taste of what you can see at the Design Museum’s flagship annual exhibition, which celebrates the smartest and most stylish designs of the past year. A real must-see for the future-curious. Design Museum, Mar 26 – Jun 27

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 

Of all the things Italy does well – food, cars, bunga bunga parties – fashion is right at the top of the list. This major V&A show will celebrate the postwar designers that made the country a bastion of style and glamour: Versace, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada…the list goes on. V&A, Apr 5 –  Jul 27

Useful and beautiful

This exhibition at Hoxton’s Geffrye Museum will showcase cutting edge pieces of homeware design, from Doshi Levien’s winged armchair for privacy lovers (pictured) and JiB’s sideboard-cum-indoor garden ideal for space-starved London renters. Geffrye Museum, Apr 29  – Aug 25

Bond in Motion

Petrolheads will be in 007 heaven for this show of cool vehicles from James Bond movies: cars, boats, bikes and sleds, including the famous Aston Martin DB5. As Sean Connery might say, itsh going to be the besht exshibition of the shpring. London Film Museum, Mar 21- Dec 31

Ancient Lives New Discoveries 

This new British Museum exhibition is going all ‘CSI’ in order to give fresh insight into eight mummified bodies from Ancient Egypt and Sudan. CT scanning and 3D visualisation will reveal how the people died, what they ate and even what their beliefs were. It’s the daddy of this spring’s big exhibitions, so to speak. British Museum, May 22 - Nov 30.

Made in Mexico 

It might not seem much, but the Mexican rebozo (that colourful, shawl that Frida Kahlo loved to rock) helped Mexican culture break the confines of the country. Head here to see artists respond to the textile icon, as well as rebozos past and present. Fashion & Textile Museum, Jun 6 - Aug 30

V&A Late: Tottenham Takeover

Tottenham is getting it’s time to shine at the V&A’s next late night session, which sees the area’s creative masterminds storm the gallery to show off music and design, and set up arty workshops. V&A, Mar 28.

Mammoths: Ice Age Giants

The Natural History Museum’s enormous exhibition will introduce visitors to some of the biggest mammals ever to have walked the planet. There’ll be skeletons, fossils and huge life-size models to gawp at, alongside other Ice Age favourites such as the sabretooth cat and the giant cave bear. There’s also a ‘tuskjousting’ session. Er, we’re in! Natural History Museum, May 23- Sep

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

Kent was a key figure in the kind of opulent design that defined Georgian London– just look at Horse Guards, so pretty! Famous as a furniture maker and architect, he also dabbled in painting and gardening. Busy man. V&A, March 22 - July 13

Daydreams and Diaries

Rekindle your love of the Tracy Beaker books at this show about kids’ author Jacqueline Wilson. You’ll see her notes, diaries and a replica of her childhood bedroom – an ideal spot to dream up your own series. V&A Museum of Childhood, Apr 5 - Nov 2

Daniel Weil 

Remember the bag radio? No? Well, just take our word for it when we say it created quite a stir in the design world back in the ’80s. Now, its inventor, Argentinian architect and designer Daniel Weil, is finally being celebrated with his own exhibition at the Design Museum. It’s taken a weil, you might say… Design Museum, May 14  – Aug 25

Goodbye Piccadilly: From the Home Front to the Western Front

Charged with ferrying soldiers to the WW1 frontline, thousands of London bus drivers once had more than traffic on their mind. This big budget show celebrates the part they played, together with the 1910 B-Type ‘battle bus’ – the vehicle that started our love affair with London’s red icon. London Transport Museum, May 16 – Mar 8 2015

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